Kara Kohler
Personal information
Born (1991-01-20) January 20, 1991 (age 31)
Clayton, California, United States
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight181 lb (82 kg)
CountryUnited States
Event(s)Single sculls, Quadruple sculls, Coxless four

Kara Kohler (born January 20, 1991)[1] is an American female crew rower. She won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the quadruple sculls event. She also has a World Championship gold medal in the coxless four and a World Championship bronze in the single sculls.


Kohler swam through high school and started rowing at University of California, Berkeley.[2] In 2011, she was named a Division I first team All-American.[3] She was a member of the crew that won the I Eight at the 2013 NCAA Rowing Championships. Within two years of starting to row, she was part of the United States under-23 team, winning a gold medal in the women's eights at the 2010 U-23 World Championship.[2]

In 2011 Kohler was part of the US team that won the coxless four at the World Championships, alongside Sarah Zelenka, Emily Regan and Sara Hendershot.[4]

2012 saw Kohler, Natalie Dell, Megan Kalmoe and Adrienne Martelli win bronze in the women's quadruple sculls at the Olympic Games.[5] She was not selected for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and nearly quit rowing.[6]

After switching to the single sculls in 2018,[7] Kohler won the bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships.[8] That year, she was also named US Rowing's female Rower of the Year.[6]

On February 26, 2021, Kohler won the USA Olympic Trials race for single sculls to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics [9]


  1. ^ "Kara Kohler". London2012.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Kara KOHLER". worldrowing.com. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  3. ^ "Kara Kohler – 2019 – Senior National Team". USRowing. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  4. ^ "2011 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS – Bled, SLO – (W4-) Women's Four – Final". worldrowing.com. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  5. ^ "2012 OLYMPIC GAMES – London, GBR – (W4x) Women's Quadruple Sculls – Final". worldrowing.com. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  6. ^ a b Bedecarré, Jay (2019-10-16). "Kara Kohler named USRowing female athlete of the year |". Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  7. ^ Bedecarré, Jay (2019-09-01). "Clayton's Kara Kohler wins bronze medal at World Rowing Championships in Austria |". Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  8. ^ "2019 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS – Linz Ottensheim, AUT – (W1x) Women's Single Sculls – Final". worldrowing.com. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Kara Kohler is first U.S. rower to qualify for Tokyo Olympics". olympics.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 26 February 2021.